An autonomous car crosses only the largest toll motorway in Europe

This is a first, technically complex. An autonomous vehicle has passed, Wednesday, the toll barrier at Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines (Yvelines), in total autonomy and in real conditions of traffic, has announced the network of motorways Vinci and the car manufacturer PSA.

“The Citroen C4 Picasso stand-alone of the PSA has passed the toll of Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, Europe’s largest, without any intervention of the driver, thanks to a specific communication is established between the vehicle and the infrastructure”, announced both partners, in a press release.

A crucial step

They indicate that “a first important step is reached in the connection between the autonomous vehicle and new generations of infrastructure necessary for its development”, while “the passage of a zone of toll is a complex topic for an autonomous vehicle”.

The autonomous vehicle must manage the flow cross vehicles headed for the toll, in an area without marking the floor. It must then be inserted in a path 3 metres wide, and be able to anticipate every contingency that may arise.

“Three lanes of the toll of Saint-Arnoult have been equipped with a sustainable way to (…) accommodate vehicles that are connected and self-reliant”, they add in this release.

Monday, it was Renault, which had announced a partnership with the operator of motorways Sanef, a subsidiary of the Spanish Abertis, in order to “develop the communications between autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure, and test the passage of the toll plazas and the approach to work zones”.

(with AFP)

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